Christian Eriksen's 6 month deal with Brentford is nearing completion
The Bees are now conducting due diligence on his readiness to play. He'll need to get a work license as well.
Eriksen's medical examination will be more complex than the typical new signing because he had a cardiac attack seven months ago while representing Denmark at
and has an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) implanted in his heart.
Before being authorized to play in thePremier League
, Eriksen would need to be cleared by a club-assigned sports cardiologist.
The FA would not undertake its own cardiology examination but would assess the signing club's evaluation before approving the deal.
The FA's Cardiac Consensus Panel, which is led by
Dr. Sanjay Sharma
, Eriksen's former Tottenham physician, is expected to include the club-appointed cardiologist.
Given that he is now a free agent, Brentford is not in a hurry to recruit him before the January 31 transfer deadline.
His agreement with Inter Milan was canceled because it is prohibited to play a professional sport in Italy with an ICD implanted in the heart.
Eriksen has stated that his heart is
"not an obstacle"
for returning to the game, and sportsmen in England are allowed to decide whether or not to continue based on the relative risks.
Eriksen can play with an ICD in the UK, but he would be the first player in the Premier League to do so if he does.
While looking for a new club, Eriksen has been exercising close over the border in southern Switzerland, but he ramped up his preparations for a comeback this week by working with Ajax.
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